Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Best Bug Spray Ever!

I love the outdoors.  I love camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing, backpacking, laying around in the hammock by the get the idea. :)

However, my love of the outdoors often seems like a one-sided love affair. As much as I love being outside, at this time of year, I can walk out in the yard to let my dog out and come back in with ten mosquito bites. :( Not cool.

So, my husband and I went on our first backpacking trip this spring. I wanted to enjoy the trip AND come home without looking like I had a bad case of the chicken pox. However, I also wanted to avoid those chemical-laden bug sprays I had relied on in the past. I started researching DIY bug sprays, and found several that looked good.  

Homemade hints had the most information about what works and why, so I used many of the same ingredients they did, but with my own twist. I was a little concerned about coming home with 30+ bug bites(which is what usually happens), but I brought my homemade bug spray and only had FIVE bug bites when we got back! FIVE! I usually get more walking out to pick up the mail! 

I'm so excited to have a safe, all natural bug spray that I wanted to share my recipe with you all! 

This recipe will make a 2 ounce bottle of bug spray. You need:

  • 15 drops of Purification essential oil blend 
  • 10 drops of Thieves essential oil blend 
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil 
    • Want to more about what essential oils I use? Click here to learn more! 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (Vanillin makes the bug spray last longer!)
  • a little less than an ounce of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
  • a little less than an ounce of fractionated coconut oil (Also increases the protection time of the essential oil blend.)  
  • 2 oz dark glass bottle and spray top
  • small metal funnel for pouring 
Combine all ingredients into the small glass bottle. I used a measuring shot glass for the coconut oil and rubbing alcohol, and then just counted the drops of essential oils that I dropped into the funnel. Cap the bottle once you've added all of the ingredients, and then roll the bottle gently on its side to mix. 

That's it! Let me know how it works for you! Happy Oiling! 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

My first "oily" Mothers Day

Since I started using essential oils, I have been so excited about how wonderful they are that I talk about them(a lot)! Since both my mother and Mother-In-Law have been listening to me wax rhapsodic about how much I love my Young Living Oils, I decided to share my love of oils with them in their Mother's Day presents this year!

On a trip last month, I introduced my mom to lavender essential oil. It's a rock star oil! Lavender is great for so many things.

I use lavender daily. I diffuse it, I use it for my LLP allergy bomb(more on that in another post!), and in my homemade skin care products. It is gentle enough that it can be used neat, or without a carrier oil. 

So - my mom (now) loves lavender too, and asked that I get her some "oily" stuff for Mothers Day.  I was so excited that she wants to learn more about oils, I decided to gift her some homemade products to show her how easy it is to use lavender! 

I made lotion bars, relaxing bath salts, and rejuvenating facial oil to share my moms. I found this website called canva and made cute little instruction sheets to go with each.  Click here to see my easy peasy printables! For the labels, I just used some dissolvable mason jar labels with a bright marker. 
                                  Ball Dissolvable Labels - (Set Of 60) (by Jarden Home Brands)

Here's a picture of my final product. 

I hope they enjoy their gifts as much as I enjoyed making them! I'll post my recipes for each of the gifts soon. :) Happy oiling everyone!